The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology brings together the collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. These materials represent cultures from each of the world's inhabited continents through a range of times and cultures. Our collections have been collected and curated to serve the museum’s primary mission as a teaching museum within a university setting.
The collections are secured, maintained, exhibited, researched, and developed within a policy structure based on accepted standards for professional museums. The policies cover such areas as scope of the collection, acquisitions, documentation, loan procedures, access to collections, deaccessions, disposal of removed items, as well as a code of ethics. The artifacts are stored in a purpose-built facility with climate and light control, security provisions, and ample space for collections care work and other artifact-intensive work.